Brookline Prevention and Intervention Programs for Youth: A Town/School Partnership
Brookline’s Prevention and Intervention Programs for Youth, a division of the Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services, provides wellness programming via three distinct interconnected initiatives:
I am a clinical social worker counseling teens and their families with mental health and substance use concerns. It is also a privilege to work with BHS Peer Leaders who are committed to helping their community - through prevention education, culture change, and early intervention. I believe in balance in one's life. If you don't take care of yourself you can't be your best self to care for others. My self care includes long walks with my partner and my dog, competitive tennis, reading historical novels, and good friends.
I am a Brookline resident and have kids in the public schools. After many years of running addiction and mental health programs, I felt it was time to share my skills with my town. I believe that to decrease substance use and mental health disorders, the underlying problems need to be addressed through a community approach. This program allows us to work with the affected groups and institutions as needed. Wellness needs to be addressed at home as well, so I use gardening, family, friends, pets and nature to calm my brain.